* 4G networks are going to give developers the ability to create new and better services so, for example, voice recognition on your phone will just happen in like a tenth of a second versus the three seconds it takes using Dragon Dictate on mobile device.
* There are going to be a lot more tablet devices released and Apple will probably double iPad sales in 2011. Google’s partners will finally ship pads that actually work well
* PC performance improves every year, but this is one of those significant times when there’s a huge increment in performance (from GPGPU and integrated graphic processing) and that usually leads to great innovation by the software guys. There will be new new media-centric applications, much better performance for things like video editing and new interfaces
* Multi-core smartphones will hit the market and enable interesting multitasking
Of 54 million units that Ellis forecasts to be sold in 2011, 36 million tablets will be Apple’s (AAPL) iPad. Samsung’s (SSNLF) Galaxy Tab will come in at 8 million units. Ellis forecasts standalone e-readers to double in volume to 20 million or more units next year.
Out of 69 new tablet products that are expected for 2011 CES, Ellis counts 18 design wins for Intel, less than the 35 that Intel has itself declared, though it still puts Intel in first place ahead of Nvidia (NVDA), with 14 design wins. Intel still needs to come out with its 32-nanometer “Medfield” chip to be viewed as a “winner” rather than just a contender.
Freescale Semiconductor appears to have 10 wins, though it has claimed 20, putting it ahead of various un-named processor vendors using the ARM core, and ahead of Texas Instruments (TXN), which appears to have 6 design wins.
Motorola will release an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet which also features a 10-inch touchscreen and a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU.
The LG Optimus 2X smartphone could be reaching Korean and European consumers as early as January, 2011 and will be powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor running at 1 gigahertz (GHz), which LG says is the first configuration to be officially announced by any smartphone manufacturer. LG insists that the dual-core processor will deliver higher performance and play video and games smoother than devices powered with single-core chips. The phone will be released with Google Android 2.2, known as “Froyo,’’ and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3, or “Gingerbread.’’
LG will also unveil its first tablet computer, which will be powered by “Honeycomb,’’ a version of the Android mobile operating system designed for tablets and “netbooks,’’ or mini laptops, in Las Vegas, according to industry sources. The tablet will feature an 8.9-inch touch screen